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NZXT Announces H230 Chassis and HALE82 V2 Power Supplies

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On the heels of Computex Taipei, set to start on Tuesday, NZXT has announced two new products. It’s hard to follow up the release of a new CPU, but NZXT did their best by bringing their signature style to new the HALE 83 V2 power supplies and H230 case.

H230 Silent Midtower Case

Billed as the first product to be released at Computex (mind you the convention hasn’t started yet), the H230 was designed as “an affordable, silent chassis with all of the necessary essentials for a clean, functional build.” If we have come to learn anything from previous NZXT cases, like the NZXT Phamton 820, their cases are always well-built and have plenty of wire management options to satisfy the clean design bit mentioned in the marketing blurb.

H230 Case

H230 Case

Here is a bit more of the press release for further details:

Continuing the legacy of the H series, the H230 brings similar sound crushing abilities as its predecessors into a smaller, more accessible package for all. With an enclosed, minimalistic design, the H230 is every bit as functional as it is sleek.

Complete with a tool-free 5.25″ drive latch design, removable HDD cage, seven motherboard expansion slots and top accessible USB 3.0 connectivity, the H230 brings together all of the essentials for a hassle-free build with a minimalistic edge.

Not specifically mentioned above, but implied, the H230 comes with sound absorbing material on the inside of the case. I have to say, I am digging the modern, but elegant design. The most impressive part might be the $69.99 MSRP, since most silent cases typically cost quite a bit more including one of our favorites, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 2 at $89.99.

H230 System Build - Clean Cable Management

H230 System Build – Clean Cable Management

HALE82 V2 Power Supplies

We’ve always been impressed with NZXT’s HALE power supplies, and now there are two more members of the family. The goal with the HALE82 V2 lineup was to fill a hole in the marketplace for inexpensive fully modular units:

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The NZXT HALE82 V2 was designed with one goal in mind: bring consumers a high performance, feature-rich power supply without the premium price tag. As any computer enthusiast will tell you, poor cable management can make a beautiful build look like a complete mess. One of the major contributors to these cable management hassles is the power supply.

Unfortunately, fully modular cables are a luxury usually found only in high-end, high performance power supplies. Until now. Designed for mainstream users and enthusiasts alike, the HALE82 V2 is a fully modular power supply with 80 Plus Bronze certification. Available in 550W and 700W flavors, the HALE82 V2 features a fully modular PCB design with a labeled back plate for easy installation and excellent cable management.

The HALE82 V2 will be available soon for just €79.99 (550W) and €99.99 (700W). HALE82 V2 is confirmed compatible with Intel’s 4th generation Core processors formerly codenamed Haswell.

This is a certainly a good concept, although not an entirely new one as the press release purports. For example, Silverstone has a fully modular 500w 80 Plus Bronze unit for $74.99. The NZXT unit definitely gives a sleeker look, but performance-wise should be similar. Either way, it’s great to have a fully modular power supply with an affordable price tag. It also comes with a handy carrying case for all your cables, which looks like a travel toiletry kit. I plan to use it for CES 2014!

HALE82 V2 Carrying Case

HALE82 V2 Carrying Case

Stay tuned for more product announcements in the coming few days from Computex!

(all images courtesy NZXT)

–  Matt Ring (mdcomp)

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  1. sweet. that is awesome news...i really love the look of this psu and was super bummed when i was under the impression it was an exhaust fan..i actually just looked and realized i have a vent below my power supply location so this will work great for me... now if we could just talk NZXT into making sleeved wiring kits instead of just extensions...which is why i will still end up with a corsair psu in the end but maybe this will do for now since its so friggin cheap
    That NZXT Support rep is wrong. He/She doesn't know that their own PSU fan is an intake, even though it's obvious by looking at the way the fan is mounted... Plus, I don't think I've ever seen a PSU with an exhaust fan before. The mesh in the back of the PSU (where the switch and plug are located) is where the warm air is exhausted. The fan pulls air in and then the air exits the back of the PSU.

    The majority of non-OEM cases these days have a vent in the bottom of the case or either raised standoffs for the PSU to sit on to give it room to pull in air.

    Bobnova
    NZXT support just dropped approximately four levels in my book.


    Same here, and my scale only has 3 levels...
    MattNo5ss
    The fan on a power supply is an intake fan, it pulls air into the PSU, it doesn't blow air out of it. So, if the fan is on top, then it'll be pulling hot air from inside the case through the PSU. When the fan is facing down, it pulls cool air from outside of the case into the PSU. So, it's actually a good design and NZXT made it so their logo is right side up when installing the PSU in its optimal position.


    i emailed NZXT about this issue previously and their reply was -

    Hello Jason,

    It can be mounted either way. Some people mount it face down, to blow the air out the bottom of there case While the others mount it with the fan facing inside the case.

    It is all up to you on how you want to mount it. It will not hurt it at all.

    Sincerely,

    NZXT Support

    so according to NZXT support ... its a exhaust fan...but even if it was a intake fan..one would need a vent below the fan to utilize such a thing...i dont know of many cases with a vent directly below the psu...
    The fan on a power supply is an intake fan, it pulls air into the PSU, it doesn't blow air out of it. So, if the fan is on top, then it'll be pulling hot air from inside the case through the PSU. When the fan is facing down, it pulls cool air from outside of the case into the PSU. So, it's actually a good design and NZXT made it so their logo is right side up when installing the PSU in its optimal position.
    it is so close to being exactly what i was looking for to complete my scheme...but the closer i look the more i realize that basically you can mount it on bottom but in order for the NZXT logo on the side to not be upside down you have to mount it so that the fan is blowing down through the bottom of the case which leaves you unable to see the nice looking fan and i would imagine that the people who spend enough on a case that has a vent below the power supply wont spend there money on such a cheap/low end power supply.
    Having looked at some pictures of the HALE82 V2 PSUs and looked at their internals a bit, I would not buy them. Looks like Sirfa OEM and at best Taiwanese caps, but more likely Chinese.

    Massive downgrade from the first HALE82s.

    The thoughts of the General Assembly of PSU Reviewers can be found here.